Classic Dalmatian Dish – White Risotto With Prawns

Dalmatia is a region filled with cooking traditions, interesting ingredients rich in flavors and aromas, and Mediterranean recipes which are known for their simpleness and amazing blend of seafood, vegetables, and seasonings.

White risotto with prawns is a classic dish when it comes to the Croatian coast and islands. It has an amazing texture and a beautiful mixture of different aromas and nuances. If you’re a fan of classic and traditional dishes which are not only delicious but simple to make too, a white risotto with prawns might completely seduce you!

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Simple Dalmatian Diet Through History

Risotto originates from Italy, 1791. It presents a simple dish made of rice and some key ingredients such as seafood, mushrooms, meat, prosciutto, vegetables, or others. Since it can be so versatile, there are a lot of recipes for its preparation. Due to that, you can find different recipes in each region of Croatia and probably different recipes from town to town! But, despite that, when it comes to Dalmatia, rice with seafood is a must in every restaurant and household.

Mediterranean diet is widespread throughout Dalmatia. That means that people use classic and accessible ingredients and turn them into simple but amazing dishes. There is no secret that Dalmatia has been influenced by Italy, Greece, and other cultures, civilizations, and countries, so the basis of Dalmatian cuisine presents a mixture of all those influences. People took that basis, added some local and accessible ingredients, as well as knowledge, and turn them into an amazing traditional cuisine which is now known in the world.

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Since life on the island isn’t easy, in the past, people used ingredients that were not only accessible to them but the ones which are also suitable for their material possibilities. Due to the sea, the fish was their main ingredient so in the combination with Italian influence, Dalmatia got its classic, traditional, and signature white risotto with prawns.

Variations & Preparations

As we already mentioned, risotto can be prepared with different ingredients, but when it comes to Dalmatia, seafood leads the way!

White risotto can be prepared with prawns, shrimps, mussels, and other seafood. The basis for risotto for all these ingredients is the same – rice, wine, onion, and olive oil. After that, you can add whatever seafood ingredient you want! We decided to make it traditionally with prawns – simply, easily, and tasty. Prawns are similar to shrimps but they are typically larger than them. They are quite tasty and they bring a bit of sea depth into the risotto. Now, in order to make a deliciously creamy risotto, make sure to use the cooking cream. It brings all the ingredients together into a nice mixture of rice and prawns with a touch of wine and seasonings.

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The variation of this dish is a black risotto – it has a specific dark color due to the usage of cuttlefish and calamari, but will talk more about it in the coming months! Until then, let’s prepare a traditional Dalmatian dish – delicious and creamy white risotto with prawns!

AuthorAnnaDifficultyBeginner

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time45 mins

 200 g rice
 450 g prawns
 200 ml white wine
 200 ml cooking cream
 1 onion
 1 clove of garlic
 a bit of salt, peper, parsley, olive oil, Vegeta

1

Cut the onion and garlic. Put them into a baking pan with olive oil. Cook all the ingredients for a couple of minutes on a light fire.

White Risotto With Prawns - Cutting Onion & Garlic

2

Add rice and white wine. Once the wine evaporates, add a bit of salt, pepper, a teaspoon of Vegeta, and prawns. Mix all the ingredients. Let them rest on the light fire. Make sure to stir the mixture occasionally. Add water from time to time, no need to rush since the water must evaporate entirely.

White Risotto With Prawns - Adding All The Ingredients

3

Once the rice is cooked (usually takes up 15 to 20 minutes), add cooking cream to the mixture. Add a bit of parsley if you like. Cook everything for 15 minutes and the risotto is done!

White Risotto With Prawns - Adding Cooking Cream & Parsley

4

Serve the risotto with white wine to compliment all the flavors!

White Risotto With Prawns - Final Result

Ingredients

 200 g rice
 450 g prawns
 200 ml white wine
 200 ml cooking cream
 1 onion
 1 clove of garlic
 a bit of salt, peper, parsley, olive oil, Vegeta

Directions

1

Cut the onion and garlic. Put them into a baking pan with olive oil. Cook all the ingredients for a couple of minutes on a light fire.

White Risotto With Prawns - Cutting Onion & Garlic

2

Add rice and white wine. Once the wine evaporates, add a bit of salt, pepper, a teaspoon of Vegeta, and prawns. Mix all the ingredients. Let them rest on the light fire. Make sure to stir the mixture occasionally. Add water from time to time, no need to rush since the water must evaporate entirely.

White Risotto With Prawns - Adding All The Ingredients

3

Once the rice is cooked (usually takes up 15 to 20 minutes), add cooking cream to the mixture. Add a bit of parsley if you like. Cook everything for 15 minutes and the risotto is done!

White Risotto With Prawns - Adding Cooking Cream & Parsley

4

Serve the risotto with white wine to compliment all the flavors!

White Risotto With Prawns - Final Result

Classic Dalmatian Dish – White Risotto With Prawns

Simple and delicious with a touch of sea depth – that’s the best way to describe Dalmatian white risotto with prawns! To make a risotto according to the Dalmatian traditional recipe, use olive oil for the basis. In order to get the perfect creaminess, make sure to use the cooking cream – it beautifully connects all the ingredients into an amazing palette of flavors, aromas, and texture! Also, to get the most out of those flavors, serve the dish with white wine – go with a Dalmatian wine, we recommend Pošip!

Risotto is a specialty known in the world – due to that, it can be prepared with a variety of ingredients. But, we can’t lie – the best ones are certainly made with seafood!

How do you prepare risotto? Let us know in the comments down below! Until then, enjoy ours!

Anna
Anna has received a Bachelor’s in Journalism. Through education and volunteering, she has improved her writing skills as well as researching skills which helps her to find the right experts who can educate her about the topic she writes about. Her interest in cooking, home design, and kitchen appliances as well as her technology knowledge ensure her membership in the Kitchentoast team she has joined in 2020. She spends up to 80 hours weekly on researches and writing.